I showed sincerity by cutting myself off from everything
I approached You with my whole self.
I averted my face from everyone who needs Your support.
I ceased to ask from any who cannot do without Your bounty.
I saw that the needy who seeks from the needy
is foolish in his opinion,
and misguided in his intellect.
How many people have I seen, my God,
who sought exaltation through other than You
and were abased,
who wanted wealth from someone else
and became poor,
who tried to rise high
and fell down low!
Observing the likes of them
corrects a prudent man;
his taking heed
gives him success;
his choosing the best
guides him to the path of right.
So You, my Master,
are the object of my asking
to the exclusion of all those who are asked
and the patron of my need
to the exclusion of all those from whom requests are made.
You are singled out for my call
before all who are called;
none is associated with You in my hope,
none comes along with You in my supplication,
nor does any join with You within it,
for to You is my appeal.
To You, my God, belongs
the Unity of number,
the property of eternal power,
the excellence of force and strength,
the degree of sublimity and elevation.
Everyone other than You is
the object of compassion in his lifetime,
overcome in his affair,
overwhelmed in his situation,
diverse in states,
constantly changing in attributes.
So You are high exalted
above likenesses and opposites,
beyond similitudes and rivals!
Glory be to You!
There is no God but You.